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How do Nick and Daisy know each other in The Great Gatsby?

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Posted January 6, 2010 at 11:30 AM via web

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How do Nick and Daisy know each other in The Great Gatsby?

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Lorraine Caplan | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted January 6, 2010 at 12:00 PM (Answer #1)

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Nick and Daisy are distantly related to one another.  We learn this in the first chapter, when Nick says,

Daisy was my second cousin once removed (10).

Nick goes on to explain that he had known Tom, Daisy's husband in college and that after he had returned from World War I, he had spend a few days with them in their Chicago home.  When Nick decides to go East, it is natural that he would look up his relative and his old college friend.

This chapter really sets the stage for one of the themes of the book. All of these people are related or connected in some way, and all of them are of the same approximate class. The reader can see that these characters and many others of their "set" are not necessarily nice, smart, or hard-working, but that they all accept one another easily.  Gatsby stands out quite clearly as an outsider. 

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